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Weekend Picks: Treme Creole Gumbo Fest, Words and Music Fest, and More

Take it easy this weekend with plenty of cultural festivals and a Broadway-inspired concert.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival happens this weekend. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Are you as hungry for the weekend as we are? With Election Day stress behind us, New Orleans will delight in a culturally satisfying weekend that includes the Treme Creole Gumbo Fest (bring your appetite) and the Faulkner Society’s Words and Music Festival. Moreover, a free concert, part of NOLA Book Fest, feeds the soul. Check out even more picks below.

Any gumbo worth its salt starts with a good roux. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

All Weekend

1. Treme Creole Gumbo Festival — Admission is free to this tasty fest, and the festival runs from 11 a.m. until 7:15 p.m. both nights. Check out a complete list of performers, food, and activities, as well as fun extras like cooking demonstrations from Leah Chase and others.

2. Words and Music Festival — The Faulkner Society’s 2016 Words and Music Festival brings in renowned authors for five days of readings, seminars, and much more. Check out the full schedule, which includes several free events.

Friday

3. NOLA Book Fest Evening Concert — Grab a blanket and claim your spot on the lawn of the Latter Branch Library on picturesque St. Charles Avenue for a free outdoor concert at 6:30 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of this recently reopened building.

The Orpheum Theater. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Saturday

4. Broadway’s Best at The Orpheum — At 7:30 p.m., New Orleans native (and Mad Men alum) Bryan Batt belts out the hits from favorite Broadway shows like Evita, Les Miserables, Funny Girl, and Phantom of the Opera. Other Broadway stars join in, as does the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets from $20 online.

5. St. Claude Second Saturdays — This monthly art walk starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until about 9 p.m. featuring more than 20 independent venues. Free.

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